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Link: • Carl Magnus Blom to Carl Linnaeus, 4 December 1760 n.s.
Dated 4. Decemb. 1760. Sent from Burscheid (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Carl Magnus BlomBlom, Carl Magnus (1737-1815).
Swedish. Studied in Uppsala under
Linnaeus 1755-1763. Provincial physician
in Dalecarlia. Correspondent of
writes to Linnaeus to apologise and to tell him that yesterday he went to the Dutch post office and was very surprised to get his letter of October 24th addressed to Linnaeus back [this letter has not come down to us]. The letter had been returned from Amsterdam as the ignorant postmaster did not know the cost of the postage. Blom hopes that Linnaeus has received his letters of July 28th [this letter has not come down to us] and September 22nd [this letter has not come down to us] with information about the flora of the country. Blom writes that he has had no opportunity to botanize due to heavy rains but he is looking forward to a beautiful spring. Blom writes that he has visited the Loss Mountain in order to collect fossils, most of which are fish teeth, and says that the local people think that they are fish tongues. Blom writes that there are no flowers to be found on the mountain during the autumn except for Hieracia Lotus corniculata and Ononis spinosa and that it was on this mountain he found the rare Chrysomela americana. Blom finds it funny that the local people only collect fossils and that they find it strange that Blom is collecting insects. A man from Maastricht by the name of de la Calmete [this person could be Charles François de Bosc de la Calmettede Bosc de la Calmette , Charles
Dutch?. Military officer and diplomat,
born in Maastricht, who, after
diplomatic service in Portugal, was
appointed to diplomatic agent in
, or someone else related to that family], got interested in entomology and asked Blom to make him a small collection next spring in exchange for him sending fossils to Sweden. de la Calmette has told Blom that there is a surgeon called Hoffman [J. L. HoffmannHoffmann, J. L. (1710-1782).
Dutch. Surgeon and collector,
Maastricht. Met with Linnaeus in Paris
1737. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] in Maastricht who has some unknown Indian butterflies and Blom will visit him to find out if he has any rare butterflies. Blom writes that Le SoinneLe Soinne, Dutch?. Doctor of
medicine, Burscheid.
provides him with interesting books amongst others Herman Boerhaave’sBoerhaave, Herman (1668-1738).
Dutch. Professor of medicine, botany and
chemistry at Leiden. One of the most
influential professors of medicine of
the eighteenth century. Linnaeus visited
him during his stay in Holland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Method. Studendi. Medicin. [Blom refers to Hermanni Boerhaave [... ] Methodus discendi medicinamBoerhaave, Herman Hermanni
Boerhaave [... ] Methodus discendi
(Amsterdam, 1726).
, or rather Albrecht von Haller’sHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
edition of the same work, Hermanni Boerhaave, viri summi, suique praeceptoris Methodus studii mediciBoerhaave, Herman & Albrecht von
Hermanni Boerhaave, viri
summi, suique praeceptoris Methodus
studii medici : emaculata, &
accessionibus locupletata
], Pedanius DioscoridesDioscorides, Pedanius (1st
century AD). Greek. Naturalist and
, De materia medica [written between 50 and 70 AD] with the commentary by Pietro Andrea Gregorio MattioliMattioli, Pietro Andrea Gregorio
(1500-1577). Italian. Physician and
botanist. Born in Siena, graduated at
Padua. Active in Rome, Prague and
Trento. First physician of Maximilian
[Blom refers to the annotated and revised version by Mattioli and published in several editions right into the seventeenth century, Commentarii in sex librosDioscorides, Pedanius & Pietro
Andrea Gregorio Mattioli

Commentarii in sex libros Pedaccii
Dioscoridis Anazarbei De medica materia,
iam denuo ab ipso autore recogniti, et
locis plus mille aucti. Adiectis magnis,
ac novis plantarum, ac animalium
iconibus supra priores editiones longe
pluribus, ad vivum delineatis.
Accesserunt quoque ad margines Graeci
contextus quam plurimi, ex antiquissimis
codicibus desumpti, qui Diosciridis
ipsius depravatam lectionem restituunt.
Cum locupletissimis indicibus, tum ad
rem herbariam, tum medicamentariam
(Venice 1565).
], Aulus Cornelius Celsus’sCelsus, Aulus Cornelius (ca 25
BC—ca 50). ?. Author of encyklopedic
works in medicine.
] De medicinaCelsus, Aulus Cornelius De
and that he has almost finished Prosper Alpini’sAlpini, Prosper (1553-1617).
Italian. Botanist and physician.
De praesagienda vita et morte aegrotantiumAlpini, Prosper De
praesagienda vita et morte
(Frankfurt, 1601).
. Here they give pills made from Cicuta to cure tumours. Blom has also seen one of Le Soinne’s patients who suffers from breast cancer being treated with these pills.

Blom writes that Le Soinne recommends Aethiops Minera, black sulphur mercury, to cure children with worms. Blom writes that there was quite a strong earthquake on September 29th and then another one some days ago. Blom writes that he misses Linnaeus’s lectures and ends the letter by wishing Linnaeus a Merry Christmas.

P.S. Blom writes that he has moved and that his new address is at Borcett [Burscheid, a village close to Aachen], au Bain de l’Ecrivisse, près d’Aix la Chapelle.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 64). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 275-278   p.275  p.276  p.277  p.278.